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Joint Workshop on Nano-Characterisation

On Monday 28 augustus 4TU.HTM is organizing a joint Workshop on Nano-Characterisation with M2i

Joint Workshop on Nano-Characterisation

** This event took place already. A picture report and some of the presentations can be found here. **

On Monday 28 October 2019, the 4TU.Research Centre High-Tech Materials (4TU.HTM) and the Materials Innovation Institute (M2i) were organizing a joint workshop on Nano-Characterisation in Utrecht De Witte Vosch, Oudegracht 46).

Full Programme (Pdf file)


To be able to develop novel, high-tech materials for sustainable applications, a thorough understanding of materials on the nanoscale is crucial.


This workshop brought together scientists and industrial partners with interest and expertise on nano-characterisation throughout the different types of materials, techniques and processes for an exchange of ideas and observations.


Prof.dr. Holger Schönherr

Full professor in Physical Chemistry, Universität Siegen (Germany) 

Title: Probing hidden interfaces and nanoenvironments in polymeric nanostructures and nanobubbles by combined optical-force microscopy methods

Short biography of Holger Schönherr (Pdf file)

Prof. Schönherr's research interests comprise the modification and characterization of organic and polymeric surfaces and (bio)interfaces, micro- and nanostructured materials, and analysis nanobubbles with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and combined AFM-optical methods.

Prof.dr. Johan Verbeeck

Department of Physics, Electron Microscopy for Materials Research (EMAT), University of Antwerp

Preliminary title:
Nanocharacterisation of materials with modern TEM techniques

Short biograhy of Jo Verbeeck (Pdf file)

Johan Verbeeck is an expert in the field of transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy focusing both on applications in state of the art materials science as well as on developing new techniques.

On his behalf will be speaking:

Dr. Nicolas Gauquelin

Department of Physics, Electron Microscopy for Materials Research (EMAT), University of Antwerp

Dr. Michael Herbig

Head of research group Materials Science of Mechanical Contacts, Department Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design, Max-Planck-Institut f√ľr Eisenforschung GmbH

Joint Nanoscale Structural and Chemical Characterization by Correlative Atom Probe Tomography and Transmission Electron Microscopy

The presentation of dr. Michael Herbig is available here. (Pdf file)

Prof.dr. Kobus Kuipers

Department of Quantum Nanoscience, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology

Preliminary title:
NanoOptics ‚Äď breaking the diffraction limit to visualize the flow of light in nanophotonic devices

Prof.dr. Joris Dik

Materials in Art and Archeology, Materials Science and Engineering, Delft University of Technology

Smart*Light: Development of a Compton Backscatter X-Ray Source

Dr. Sissi de Beer

Materials Science and Technology of Polymers Group, University of Twente

Preliminary title:
Nanoscale Subsurface Morphologies in Block Copolymer Thin Films Revealed by Combined Near-Field Infrared Microscopy and Mechanical Mapping

Hanne van der Kooij, MSc

Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter, Wageningen UR

Preliminary title:
Imaging the nanoscale dynamics and mechanics of complex soft materials

Dr. Roderick Tas

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Macro-Organic Chemistry, Self-Organizing Soft Matter, Eindhoven University of Technology

Preliminary title: Nanoscopy at the interface: from materials to ice

The presentation by Roderick Tas is available here. (Pdf file) Jacob Hoogenboom

Imaging Physics, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology

Title: Zooming in on tissue from milimeters to nanometers with multi-modal microscopes

Research interests: electron and optical microscopy, high-resolution imaging (nanoscopy), nanophotonics, optical antennas, colloid and nanoparticle self-assembly



Invitation and registration

We invite you to participate in this workshop.
Registration is closed. Still, if you are interested to participate, please contact Reina Boerrigter (secretary 4TU.HTM).

(Header picture: Bio-inspired immiscible polymer brush systems as efficient lubricants. Provided by Sissi de Beer in 2015.)